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Wednesday, 12 May 1965

Senator PALTRIDGE (Western Australia) (Minister for Defence) . - Regarding Senator McClelland's concern about the child of an ex-serviceman wearing his or her father's decorations on Anzac Day, I can assure him that no prosecution would he launched in that circumstance.

Senator Wright - The clause does not mean that at all.

Senator PALTRIDGE - I do not think the clause docs mean that. But in any case it would not apply. I will attempt to make a reply to the point raised by Senator Cohen, as I followed it. If 1 may say so I find some incongruity about describing a Bill to a Queen's Counsel.

Senator Cohen - The Minister is doing very well.

Senator PALTRIDGE - As I understand it the honorable senator referred to clause 19, sub-clause (3.) which states -

If, in contravention of sub-section (1.) of this section, . . .

As I understand it, sub-clause (3.) does not operate and cannot begin to operate until an offence under sub-clause (1.) has been proved. I think that covers the point made by the honorable senator.

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